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Posted: 26/10/2016 at 15:04
Ignore me, I think it's the Midlands champs that are split.

Muddy - pretty much half the crowd congregate around that ditch to jeer at any fallers or those who pussy-foot around! Best to just charge through and preserve your dignity.

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Posted: 25/10/2016 at 09:58

It's a couple of miles from our house, Muddy, and the venue for the local Parkrun, although over different terrain.  I would say that Newbold is the most "fun" one I've ever done.  Certainly the muddiest.  That bit you linked to is referred to as the "bitch of a ditch".  Some years it is worse than others.  Apparently it was relatively dry last year but I was still head to toe in mud and I didn't even fall over!   As it is the champs it will be nicely churned up for you by the time the men go.  Bring baby wipes.  

It has a very wide start so is like an elbow-fest and runs around the edge of a nature resevre along the river than back into the park bit and round some playing fields.  The hill DT refers to is Beacon hill and is silly steep but fairly short and you literally run up it to the top and down the other side which is similarly steep so practise running downhill recklessly flailing your arms about like a nutter.  Our first league fixture is there.  It's no tougher than Warley Woods though as they don't sadistically make you snake up and down the hill a gazillion times like they did there.  Strava trace from last year:

Lou - I'm not sure that even the Champs races are all being held in the same venue this year - seems unclear on the website.  

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Posted: 24/10/2016 at 19:19

Just heard our masters team won third place in the XC relays .  Apparently we have medals too..we thought we had no chance so didn't stay.  

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Posted: 23/10/2016 at 20:46

Nice work, Rich.  I didn't realise we had another vomiter/roarer on our hands though!

That sounds like a good GSR, Muddy!  I've never done it but I have done the Portsmouth coastal half in February which I think is a similar route but with some beachy shingle chucked in for good measure at the end?  Interesting how you've probably retained more fitness than you think.

Where are the pictures you are talking about?  

Glad your race went ok as well, Lit. A nice day out is a good outcome really.   

Had a nice gentle 10 miler to work up an appetite for my roast lamb today.  Bit chilly out but v enjoyable.  

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Posted: 22/10/2016 at 21:51
Had a decent run. Not sure on position...probably not great as we elected to submit a masters and a senior team, with our faster runners ending up distributed between the two rather than one stronger and one weaker team. I ran the first leg, customary fast first mile of 6:35, settled to a less suicidal 6:55 or so for a 6:50 average. Think that's a good place to build from through the season. Course was dry which helped! I properly love it though - so happy it's XC time again.

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Posted: 21/10/2016 at 23:54
DT - I've heard that they've lost the organisers so v unlikely to happen. Which is sad, I love that race. Mind you we're away that week anyway but hopefully they might get someone to do it the year after?

Just took my track pins out and replaced with some xc ones. Mine are nice and clean though, Lit. We are unlikely to win anything though!

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Posted: 20/10/2016 at 12:11

I also like long as it's only one or two rather than the 12 over a 10k course that you get at the Raceways Long Marston event.   

*Waves to Mace* are you marathoning in the Spring?  

Skinny loves a bit of heart rate talk, Rich.  You'll fit right in .  I can't join in with the bating since I've lost my monitor again.  

I managed a tempo run on Tuesday for the first time in months where I didn't abandon it as a bad job after the first mile.  It was a bit slower than it was and there might have been gasping at the end but have lost the mental block I had about it.  4 miles at just under 7mm pace was pleasing.  Did a few easy buggy miles yesterday and having a day off today as have run 5 days in a row and need to rest my legs for XC on Saturday!  


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Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:04

Thanks for being open, Madbee.  I have had quite a badly disordered relationship with food at various times in my life beginning in my teens so know the challenges.  The things that helped me were having kids in that I became a bit less self-obsessed, being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder (which then made my metabolism more normal again) but particularly running in that I now associate food with fuel and an allowable and enjoyable thing rather than an enemy.  With two daughters (and a son) I am really careful about body issues,trying not to use the "F" word, talk about training making me strong and healthy etc.  I do fear for them. 

My severely obese brother is just about to have gastric bypass surgery so that's the flipside.  His heart is under so much strain that he has arrythmia so he sees it as a necessity .

DT - it's sad when effectively going for a long walk is such a major undertaking for someone that either people think it;'s dangerous or applaud their bravery.  Hopefully it will inspire him to do it properly next year?  

I did a hilly off-road race on Saturday.  500 ft of climb in 5 and a half miles.  Fun!  It was really tough and my legs didn't seem to have the power for the climbs - partly doing track on Thursday but partly just lack of fitness.  Good prep for XC though - team relays on Saturday.  



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Posted: 14/10/2016 at 13:58

Doesn't look too bad according to this but slightly uphill in last three miles points again towards erring on the conservative side as you won't have gravity helping you.

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Posted: 14/10/2016 at 12:49

Ah, we've put that one on our club winter series in honour of a clubmate of ours who has moved there and recently died of cancer.  Really sad, only 32 .  I'm not doing due to other commitments but will be thinking of them.  

What pace have you been doing your tempo runs at?  My half pace normally comes out a little bit slower than that, maybe 10 secs per mile? (apart from when I get overly ambitious and think I can run a half at LT pace and the wheels come off horribly!).  I would go out slightly conservatively and aim to pick up the pace after 10 miles personally as it can be a long time to suffer if you get it wrong.  

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